Naked Plus-Size Models — A Cop Out?
The November issue of Glamour magazine features a shoot with a group of plus-size models, but instead of a fashion story, it’s just an artful nude portrait
Back in August, when Glamour magazine made headlines by featuring a picture of an average woman with belly fat in its pages, I applauded the move.
The story sparked lots of interesting commentary about body image on our site and on others (including some who criticized me for being mean to skinny women).
But now, as Glamour’s November issue is about to hit newsstands featuring a photo shoot with seven naked plus-size models, I find it hard to feel as excited about it as perhaps I should be.
Don’t get me wrong, I am happy that Glamour is choosing to feature these women, (including Crystal Renn, whom BettyConfidential recently interviewed) but I just wish they had clothes on.
And it’s not because I’m a prude.
The thing is, we are more used to seeing voluptuous women naked than clothed.
After all, the curvy women featured in paintings like Peter Paul Rubens’ “Three Graces” led to the coining of the term Rubenesque for the full-figured women he chose to celebrate.
So, while the Glamour pic is very artful, it leaves me wanting more. And by more, I mean I wanted to see them wearing clothes that I could appreciate and maybe even think about buying.
But Glamour editor-in-chief Cindi Leive has explained why these women (who are three to five sizes larger than the models you normally see in magazines) are undressed. “Partly because the clothes [used for photo shoots] are so flippin’ small. The ‘samples’ we borrow for shoots are generally cut to fit a size zero-to-four frame. (If we just went out and bought bigger sizes from the store, those styles would be off the racks and unbuyable by the time you saw them in Glamour.)”
How unfair is that?